Visit the Hazen's Notch Welcome Center for Visitor Information about the wildlife preserves, recreation areas, and nature centers in the Hazen's Notch / Jay Peak area of the northern Green Mountains. Stop in or visit them online for a complete trail map. The Hazen's Notch Association maintains a network of 15 miles of trails and woods roads for hiking in Summer and Fall. These are part of a larger network of 40 miles of trails that are maintained in winter for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the Hazen's Notch/Jay Peak area of northern Vermont.
Cross country skiing and snowshoeing at the Hazen's Notch Association in northern Vermont is all about plentiful snow, spectacular scenery, uncrowded trails and friendly people. The cross country ski touring center at Hazen's Notch is blessed with a topography that is ideally suited to nordic skiing - rolling meadows, soft hills, our own 2,800' mountain and views of mountains in all directions. Located at the top of Vermont in the "Covered Bridge Town" of Montgomery near the Jay Peak Ski Resort, Hazen's Notch is on the western edge of the beautiful, uncrowded and snowy Northeast Kingdom. The Hazen's Notch / Jay Peak area is known for receiving more snow than any other part of Vermont. 40 Miles of groomed and marked trails pass through 2,500 acres of mixed maple, birch and evergreen forest and across gentle, open meadows. There are spectacular views of Hazen's Notch and numerous peaks over 3,000' in elevation in the Jay Range and Cold Hollow Range of the Green Mountains which completely encircle the trail system. The Hazen's Notch Association trails are considered to be some of the most scenic trails in all of Vermont.
Hiking trails pass through a variety of interesting habitats that include meadows, forests, orchards, and beaver ponds. Trails range from restored woods roads that have gentle to moderate grades to narrow footpaths with steep climbs. There are numerous splendid views of the Jay Mountains in addition to the incredible beauty of the wildflowers and wildlife that one sees along the trails. People often spend from 2 to 4 hours exploring our trails. Pack a lunch and water as you will find several picnic tables at popular destinations such as the Moosewood Ponds, the High Meadow, Little Rock Pond and Bear Paw Pond. Bring a camera and/or binoculars. Most of the photographs on their website were taken while walking, skiing and snowshoeing on the Hazen's Notch Association trails.
Directions: If you are coming from the east, you will not be able to drive through Hazen's Notch from usually mid-November through mid-May. Route 58 through the Notch is not plowed or sanded during the Winter months. Use alternate routes: Route 242 for travel from Jay Village to Montgomery Center; Route 118 for travel from Route 100. From Montgomery Center Route 58 is plowed to the Welcome Center and to just beyond the Amidon Road.
This organization is also part of a Geotourism Initiative. Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, located in northeastern Vermont, has long embraced the ideals that comprise National Geographic's geotourism programs. Geotourism, as defined by the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations is "tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place. It's a destination where you can have an authentic travel experience without harming the place." Jonathan Tourtellot, director of the Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations, describes the NEK as "the real Vermont...This is rural America at its most nostalgic, enlivened by a vibrant cultural arts community and the wonderful Vermont scenery. There are scenic back roads to drive, quaint little towns to explore, wonderful hiking in the summer and great skiing in the winter." To ensure the development of a geotourism program that is true to the Kingdom, a Geotourism Alliance was established to help steward the formation of this program. Today, this Alliance is comprised of over 20 member organizations who provide input and support as the Northeast Kingdom Geotourism Program evolves.